Latest vintage available online via Port2Port.
31 hl/ha, 5 t/ha
80% Pinotage 20% Cinsault
940 cases of 12 bottles equivalent
The 2018 vintage in the Swartland followed two years of very dry conditions, causing concerns over the ability of moisture deficient vines to properly ripen their fruit. Fortunately, it was a less windy year than usual, which helped with ripening. In addition, the 46 year old deep-rooted, early-ripening Pinotage vines in the east facing de-composed granite soils of the Paardeberg’s, Joubertskloof, weathered the dry conditions beautifully and achieved full phenolic ripeness early at surprisingly low alcohol. The fruit was excellent with particularly small bunches and berries. The later-ripening Cinsault from the Knolfontein vineyard in the Swartland, with its more heavily structured soils ripened effortlessly as well, as a result of deep roots finding sufficient moisture. Overall, 2018 was a relatively low acid and high pH year favouring deep rooted older vines and earlier ripening varieties. The resulting wines are accessible, elegant and perfumed.
93 Points - Tim Atkin
93 Tim Atkin
Sourced from two parts of the Swartland, rather than the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this is the second vintage of this 80/20 blend. It's a tangy, tart, pomegranate and summer berry style with fine tannins and no wood at all.